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Wyden Does Not Support the Public Plan 'Trigger'

This claim originated in a blog post by Robert Reich, and many of you e-mailed it to me. I couldn't confirm it, so I didn't run it. Last night, Sen. Ron Wyden's office released an official statement setting the record straight:

There is a rumor making the rounds that Sen. Wyden supports the Snowe proposal for a public option 'trigger.' That rumor is false. It never happened and he has at no time expressed support for this idea.

As happens so often both around Congress and across the Internet, false information gets spread and repeated until even well-meaning commentators begin to adopt and repeat the false information as if it were fact. This appears to have happened with former Secretary Reich, and we regret that he fell victim to this rumor.

Full release here.

By Ezra Klein  |  June 10, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Health Reform  
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His plan which he is still pushing contains exactly the type of "trigger" that Snowe wants.

Posted by: JonWa | June 10, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Well that's good news. Given the speed at which things are shifting, it's hard to pin down where people stand. However, what's your take on this sentence: "Senator Wyden has made clear that he is not wed to the approach he put forward in 2006 and is open to a national public option on Day One -- not requiring the Snowe "trigger" -- if it is accompanied by real reform that is responsibly and sustainably financed.”

Posted by: StevenAttewell | June 10, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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